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The frog and the university: Meet the niche new species from Sri Lanka

first_imgBanner image of Lankanectes pera, named after Sri Lanka’s oldest university, courtesy of Pradeep Samarawickrama. The recent discovery of a new frog species in a niche habitat in Sri Lanka’s cloud forest has highlighted the need for conserving the Indian Ocean island’s dwindling montane habitats.The frog, Lankanectes pera, is named after the University of Peradeniya, the country’s oldest, and dwells only in pristine streams flowing through canopy-covered montane forests in the highest reaches of the Knuckles Mountain Range.Researchers are calling for extensive studies to inform conservation actions for the species, which they’ve recommended be classified as critically endangered, given its small range and population. A four-year study of streams in the cloud forests of Sri Lanka’s picturesque Knuckles Mountain Range has turned up an unexpected discovery: a new frog species found nowhere else on Earth.Lankanectes pera, a glistening, chocolate-hued frog, is only the second known species in the genus; the other, L. corrugatus, is also endemic to Sri Lanka. The researchers named it in honor of their alma mater and the oldest university in the country, the University of Peradeniya, affectionately referred to as Pera.In their paper published in the journal Zootaxa, the researchers identify the new species as being highly restricted to a habitat of about 360 square kilometers (139 square miles) — an area nearly 40 times smaller than the range inhabited by the more widely distributed L. corrugatus.While there are some subtle physical differences between the two species, it’s in their habitat selection where they differ the most.L.corrugatus mostly occurs in muddy substrates, including marshes and rice paddies, where they can easily burrow into soft mud and leaf litter. L. pera, however, needs pristine conditions and significant canopy cover.It dwells in streams flowing through the montane forests in the highest peaks of the Knuckles Mountain Range, at elevations of more than 1,100 meters (3,600 feet) above sea level. It’s found only in the Dothalugala, Bambarella and Riverston regions of Sri Lanka’s central highlands.And the frog doesn’t simply opt for pristine streams flowing through closed-canopy montane forests, but more specifically slow-flowing, clear and shallow streams, with enough rocks and sandy depths to offer hiding spots.The males, generally found under rocks and crevices, give a hint of their presence when they make halting calls during the day, or chorus at night, especially after soft rain that tends to perk them up. Figure shows two clearly defined clades including L. corrugatus and L. pera, with the latter being different by more than 16 mutational steps from the populations of the former. There is a clear separation between the males with a slight overlap of the females, indicated in filled circles in red (L. corrugatus) and blue (L. pera). Image © Senevirathne et al., 2018. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Citation: Senevirathne, G., Samarawickrama, V., Wijayathilaka, N., Manamendra-Arachchi, K., Bowatte, G., Samarawickrama, D., & Meegaskumbura, M. (2018). A new frog species from rapidly dwindling cloud forest streams of Sri Lanka—Lankanectes pera (Anura, Nyctibatrachidae). Zootaxa, 4461(4), 519-538. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4461.4.4center_img Shrinking forestsBased on L. pera’s small area of occupancy, extent of occurrence, and the small population observed during the study, the scientists have suggested a conservation status of critically endangered. In contrast, L. corrugatus occupies a much larger area and has a much bigger population size, making it a species of least concern on the IUCN Red List.The researchers warn that rapid deterioration of this niche habitat can pose a significant threat to L. pera’s survival.“Montane forests are shrinking in the face of factors that we cannot directly control, such as global warming, and factors we can control, like encroachment and habitat degradation,” co-author and evolutionary biologist Madhava Meegaskumbura told Mongabay. “The answers need to be local. We need to prioritize this species in conservation efforts by evaluating its status by applying the IUCN red-listing standards.”“Cloud forest cover is critical for the survival of the species,” said Gayani Senevirathne, the paper’s lead author and a graduate student at the University of Chicago. “Diminishing forest cover will definitely make the habitat unsuitable for this highly specialized forest-stream species.”enevirathne said the Knuckles range is already renowned as an important refuge for as many as eight micro-endemic species that are largely considered to be critically endangered or endangered.The paper says the habitat requirements of L. pera are different from those of the highly threatened micro-endemics highlighted so far, and that a future conservation strategy for the amphibians of the Knuckles Mountain Range should consider this new knowledge.L. pera lives in clear water streams under rock-strewn montane forest canopy cover in the Knuckles Mountain Range. Image courtesy of Pradeep Samarawickrama.Further researchMeegaskumbura said the new species needs “urgent conservation efforts,” as well as further studies into its biology and behavior.“Beyond the conservation efforts, it will prove interesting to delve into the life history of Lankanectes pera, including its breeding seasons, mating behavior, ability to produce more offspring, development and species ecology,” he said. “This would help in planning its conservation.”That’s also where the naming of L. pera comes in, aside from being a sentimental tribute to the university, said Senevirathne.“We also wanted to place this knowledge before the university which has some of the best minds in the fields of sciences and humanities,” he said. “Peradeniya University is best equipped to lead the conservation efforts of the new species. It is also closely located to the Knuckles region, the frog’s habitat.”Meegaskumbura seconded the notion, adding he hoped that “the university after which the frog has been named would treat the conservation needs of this frog as a priority and play the lead role.”And the story of Lankanectes might still have a few more surprises in store, Meegaskumbura hinted.“The habitat of [L. pera] is surrounded by L. corrugatus, the common lowland species,” he said. “This creates a clear genetic barrier for the spread of the species to the other mountain ranges.“There however could be relict populations that are genetically close to L. pera, especially on the adjacent Central Highlands,” he added. “I would still expect those populations to be somewhat genetically distinct from L. pera.” Amphibians, Biodiversity, Cloud Forests, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests Article published by dilrukshilast_img read more

Indonesia rushes to pass bill seen as pandering to mining companies

first_imgFEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Indonesia’s parliament is rushing to pass a controversial mining bill by Sept. 30, when the current legislators’ term ends.President Joko Widodo had previously asked for deliberations of this bill and other contentious pieces of legislation to be suspended, following massive student-led protests that have turned deadly.Watchdogs say the bill panders to the interests of mining companies, granting them bigger concessions, longer contracts, and fewer environmental obligations.The Widodo administration has also criticized parliament’s rush to pass the bill, but legislators say they are within their rights to do so. JAKARTA — Indonesia’s parliament is rushing to pass a controversial bill on coal and mineral mining before the current legislators’ term ends on Sept. 30, defying a massive public outcry over legislation seen as favoring the extractives industry at the expense of the environment and vulnerable communities.The bill is part of a batch of highly contentious pieces of legislation that parliament has been attempting to rush through in its final days. The previous week, parliament had passed in record time an anti-corruption bill widely seen as weakening the national anti-graft commission. That, as well as attempts to similarly push through a controversial criminal code and three other pieces of legislation, including the mining bill, prompted massive protests led by university students.At least two students have been killed in the protests that have broken out in cities across Indonesia. In the face of the protests, President Joko Widodo has asked parliament to suspend deliberations of the contentious bills, including the one on mining.But the fact that parliament looks set to pass the mining bill imminently indicates an attempt to cater to the demands of the mining companies that would benefit under the provisions of the bill as it stands, said Merah Johansyah, the executive director of the NGO Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam).“More than 90 percent of [the bill] facilitates businesses and investors in the mining industry,” he said. “On the other hand, environmental protection and the public interest aren’t accommodated in the bill.”A key provision in the current 2009 mining law is that the government may not immediately extend expired mining contracts without offering the concessions to state-owned companies first. Under the new bill, however, contract holders would be allowed to automatically renew their permits two more times, for 10 years each.Several major private companies are set to see their permits expire soon, and would benefit from such a provision. They include coal miners PT Arutmin Indonesia (whose permit expires in 2020), PT Kaltim Prima Coal (2021), PT Multi Harapan Utama (2022), PT Adaro Indonesia (2022), PT Kideco Jaya Agung (2023) and PT Berau Coal (2025).Aryanto Nugroho, the Indonesia advocacy manager for Publish What You Pay (PWYP), a coalition calling for financial transparency in the extractives sector, said he was concerned that legislators were “trying to smuggle articles [into the bill] that only benefit a small number of people,” namely the companies with contracts that are about to expire.The bill also stipulates no limit on the size of mining concessions that can be granted; the current law caps the size of mining operations in a single permit to 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres).Kids in East Kalimantan play near abandoned open-pit coal mines located near their houses. Image courtesy of the Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam).Incentives for minersAnother contentious article in the bill states the government will provide both fiscal and non-fiscal incentives for mining companies. Those that have integrated their operations with processing and refining facilities or with coal-fired power plants will be granted a mining license for production for up to 20 years, with an automatic extension of another 20 years and the possibility to further renew for another 10 years.The bill also ensures that mining companies that develop and operate power plants themselves won’t have their mining area reduced when they extend their operations.Merah said these provisions contradicted Indonesia’s vow to combat climate change by reducing its emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Coal burning accounted for nearly 60 percent of Indonesia’s energy mix in 2018, and in July this year President Widodo reportedly expressed his intention to wean Indonesia off coal. But as the bill stands, this won’t happen, Merah said.“This bill will hold Indonesia hostage by its addiction to coal,” he said. “So it’s useless for the government to say that they want to ditch dirty energy.”The bill also contains articles under which individuals could face prosecution for defending their land rights against mining companies, Merah said. The ongoing criminalization of such land and environmental defenders is already a big problem in Indonesia, he said, with 85 people facing charges in 22 cases between 2014 and 2018.“It means that the government and parliament didn’t consider criminalization and conflicts when they discussed this bill,” he said. “That’s why I say this bill sides with investors and mining companies, not the public.”Merah also flagged the lack of provisions protecting the rights of indigenous peoples to their land. “There are no articles that talk about indigenous rights, even though we know that some mining concessions are located on indigenous peoples’ lands,” he said.Nor is there a requirement in the bill for mining companies to rehabilitate the abandoned mining pits in their concessions once they are done operating. Such a requirement exists in the 2009 law, but compliance is notoriously patchy, with children frequently drowning in these rain-filled pits. The problem will only get worse if the requirement is removed, Merah said.“The thousands of [abandoned] mining pits became an issue during the presidential debates, because they’ve claimed the lives of many children,” he said. “But Article 99 of this bill says these mining pits can be used for irrigation and as tourism sites. So 90 percent of this bill doesn’t talk about the public interest or about saving the environment.”A group of locals affected by coal-fired power plants around Indonesia stages a protest in front of the headquarters of President Joko Widodo’s campaign team in Jakarta. Image by Hans Nicholas Jong/Mongabay.Lack of public participationAryanto said activists and people affected by mines around the country had never been invited by parliament to discuss the bill.“Have the government and the parliament been transparent and participatory in the deliberation of this bill that’s so strategic and relevant to the lives of many people?” he said. “The ones invited [to discuss the bill] were either businesses or academics, but never from civil society, let alone the victims who live around mines. So who are [the legislators] representing?”Hendrik Siregar, a researcher with the natural-resources watchdog Auriga, also said the circumstances around parliament’s handling of the bill were suspicious.He noted that the government, when asking that the deliberations be delayed, had cited the fact that it had not yet completed and submitted an assessment of potentially problematic provisions in the bill, known as a DIM. But late at night on Sept. 25, with no observers present, officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources submitted to parliament their DIM that they acknowledged was not yet finished. He also noted that the energy minister wasn’t present during that late-night meeting, and that only eight legislators showed up.“We know people who work at night are either thieves or robbers,” Hendrik said. “[Politicians] like to complain that our natural resources are being robbed, while they’re doing the same thing.“It’s obvious that this is like a game,” he added. “When the president says [the deliberations should be] postponed, but then there’s a submission of the DIM, that means there’s [going to be] deliberations.”Suralaya coal power plants. Image by Satari/Wikimedia.‘Tomorrow it can be done’Ego Syahrial, the secretary-general of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and the official responsible for compiling and submitting the DIM, also questioned parliament’s insistence on proceeding with its deliberations on the back of that incomplete assessment.“I said the list in the DIM is incomplete,” he told local media the day after the submission. “Please take a note that we’re submitting a DIM document that’s incomplete. And in accordance with an instruction by the president, we’re not [supposed to be] deliberating [the bill] now, only postponing it until the next [parliamentary] period.”Ego said the government’s assessment, even though it was incomplete, listed 938 points of disagreement with the provisions in the bill as drafted by legislators. He said he had reminded the legislators of the president’s request and pointed out that the assessment contained an objection from the industry minister, who also had his own views on the draft.The legislators, however, say the bill is fair game for passage now that the government has submitted the DIM, and that any criticism about the bill should not be targeted at parliament.“Don’t say that parliament [is to blame],” Ridwan Hisjam, the deputy chairman of the parliamentary commission on energy policy, told local media. “Be angry at the government instead, at Jokowi. Why are [you] angry at us? Who submitted this [DIM] last night?”With the DIM submitted, legislators have decided to press ahead with passing the bill immediately, before their term ends on Sept. 30.“Do you want to have a legacy or not?” Ridwan told local media. “If you want to have a legacy, then we can just [pass the bill]. Tomorrow it can be done.” Banner image: A container for coal after it has been unloaded from the barges. Image by Ayat S Karokaro / Mongabay-Indonesia. Carbon Emissions, Climate, Climate Change, Coal, Energy, Environment, Environmental Law, Environmental Politics, Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Law, Mining center_img Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Ligue 2 : le mardi de l’ascension pour le FC Metz?

first_imgLe leader messin a l’opportunité de valider sa montée en Ligue 1, ce mardi (20h) à Saint-Symphorien. Un succès devant son public face au Grenoble Foot 38 de Philippe Hinschberger suffit au FC Metz pour atteindre son objectif. Le tout à quatre journées de la fin du championnat.Grâce à leur succès en Corse (2-0), vendredi, les Messins se sont offert le luxe de pouvoir valider leur ticket pour la Ligue 1 en compagnie de leurs supporters. Et si différents scénarios sont possibles pour atteindre dès ce mardi l’objectif clairement annoncé, un seul, finalement, retient l’attention : celui consistant à s’imposer face à Grenoble.«Faire un bon match, proposer ce qu’on sait faire, gagner et monter!» Voilà, en résumé, le programme que propose Vincent Hognon pour ce 17e rendez-vous de la saison à Saint-Symphorien. Mais l’adjoint de Frédéric Antonetti prévient : «On a vu qu’à l’étage au-dessus, le PSG a dû patienter avant de faire la fête», tient-il à souligner. «Rien n’est encore plié. Il faut faire les choses dans l’ordre.» Partager Renaud Cohade et ses partenaires semblent totalement en phase avec ce constat. Ce vœu. Vendredi soir, à l’heure de regagner la Lorraine avec trois points supplémentaires dans leurs bagages, aucun Messin ne voulait céder à l’euphorie. À l’instar de l’expérimenté John Boye : «On s’est fixé un objectif et il n’est pas encore tout à fait atteint», rappelle le défenseur central des Grenats.«Bien entendu, on doit s’imposer contre Grenoble! D’abord parce qu’on joue à domicile : devant notre public, gagner est une obligation! Raison pour laquelle on doit rester concentré. Jusqu’au bout du championnat d’ailleurs. On doit se motiver pour obtenir la montée mais aussi le titre (de champion de Ligue 2). C’est sur ce titre qu’on doit désormais porter tous nos efforts. Pour une simple et bonne raison : ça nous oblige à gagner tous nos matches jusqu’au bout!»«Il faut saisir cette opportunité !»Et accessoirement poursuivre, à cinq journées de la fin, l’impressionnante série en cours de treize sorties sans la moindre défaite (7 victoires, 6 nuls)… «Je parle très souvent de cette série aux joueurs», dévoile Vincent Hognon. «Vouloir la poursuivre le plus longtemps possible nous oblige à vouloir toujours faire plus. Et donc à détester la défaite.»D’autant que son équipe s’est offert la possibilité de valider devant son public ce pour quoi elle bataille depuis août dernier. «Il faut saisir cette opportunité! On ne regardera pas ce qui se passe à Troyes (le 3e )», prévient le technicien lorrain. «Cette montée, on veut l’obtenir de nous-mêmes et dès la première fois!»Histoire de s’offrir un mardi de l’ascension au lendemain du lundi de Pâques. Une belle résurrection en somme…Jean-Sébastien Gallois/RLlast_img read more

Futsal : le Racing déclaré champion par la FLF, Differdange réplique

first_imgLa FLF vient d’attribuer le titre de champion de futsal au Racing après l’annulation de la finale suite aux échauffourées lors de la première manche. Une décision qui ulcère Differdange.Lors sa réunion lundi soir, la Fédération a en effet décidé de déclarer le RFCU champion national de la saison 2018-2019. Ceci, explique-t-elle dans un communiqué, en vertu de la décision du conseil d’administration du 6 mai dernier de mettre fin au championnat avec effet immédiat, et celle de la Cour d’appel du 22 mai qui a confirmé le jugement du Tribunal fédéral du 8 mai actant “la victoire par forfait 3-0 du RFCU lors de la première finale du best of three de futsal”.Le 5 mai, la rencontre avait basculé à la 17e minute et s’en était suivie une bagarre générale entre les joueurs, provoquée par un Differdangeois selon la FLF, avant que les supporters ne s’en mêlent et jettent des objets sur le parquet dont un a touché un arbitre. La police avait même dû être appelée en renfort. Partager Le FCD03 amerSitôt la décision de la FLF diffusée, le FCD03 a réagi par voie de communiqué. L’attribution du titre au Racing laisse Differdange plutôt amer, estimant que “le futsal et le sport luxembourgeois ont touché le fond”. Et d’ajouter : “Une telle décision montre que continuer à se battre pour un sport ou le mérite sportif passe au deuxième plan”, tacle encore le FCD03 qui se dit “perplexe sur le fait qu’on se batte pour une cause perdue d’avance”.Le club a par ailleurs publié une vidéo “qui montre toute la vérité derrière cette affaire”.En fin d’après-midi, c’est le responsable de la section de futsal du FCD03, Filipe Costa, qui a pris la plume pour dénoncer le traitement de “l’affaire” par la FLF.“Nous contestons clairement la décision de la FLF, nous contestons clairement le déroulement des choses, mais surtout nous condamnons tous les actes qui ont eu lieu lors de cette rencontre qui, comme constatés sur la vidéo, s’avèrent être moins grave qu’initialement divulgués”, écrit Filipe Costa. S’il estime nécessaire d’exprimer publiquement son désaccord, “cela ne nous fera pas rattraper tout ce temps, cet investissement, cet engagement, cette volonté de bien faire, ce temps perdu avec la famille, ce temps entre bénévoles pour le bien du club et surtout ce sentiment d’avoir travaillé pour rien…”Filipe Costa regrette aussi “une décision prise par des hommes prétendant vouloir le fair-play, l’égalité des choses et le respect” mais ne respectant, selon lui, “aucune de ces valeurs”.Il pointe aussi également un “orgueil” de la FLF à camper sur sa position, alors que “le conseil d’administration avait toutes les preuves nécessaires pour revenir en arrière”, précisant que la vidéo des faits a été transmise aux membres de l’instance “le lundi 13 mai”.Le responsable juge encore que “ce n’est pas que Differdange que le CA vient de tuer, mais toute une volonté de tant de bénévoles de continuer à faire partie de projets tels le nôtre”. Il considère enfin que la FLF crée un précédent “qu’elle devra appliquer pour de cas identiques au football”.LQlast_img read more

L’ancien cycliste Raymond Poulidor hospitalisé

first_imgL’ancien champion cycliste français Raymond Poulidor, 83 ans, a été hospitalisé en raison d’une “grande fatigue” dans la commune où il réside, a-t-on appris mardi auprès de sa épouse.“Raymond est très fatigué depuis le dernier Tour de France”, a expliqué Gisèle Poulidor, sans donner d’autres précisions sur son état de santé.Poulidor, coureur à la popularité exceptionnelle, est natif de Masbaraud-Mérignat (centre de la France), mais réside à une trentaine de kilomètres à Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, où le Tour était passé en 2016. Il avait alors partagé un grand gâteau symbolisant ses 80 ans avec Bernard Hinault et Bernard Thévenet. “Poupou”, qu’on surnomme aussi “l’éternel second” du Tour de France, détient notamment un record de huit podiums sur la Grande Boucle (dont trois fois deuxième en 1964, 1965 et 1974) mais aucune victoire. Il a toutefois remporté le Tour d’Espagne en 1964. Sa rivalité avec Jacques Anquetil dans les années 1960 puis Eddy Merckx dans les années 1970, desquels il était toujours le dauphin, a fait une partie de sa renommée.LQ/AFP Partagerlast_img read more

Serena Williams hits out again at anti-doping testing ‘discrimination’

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Just test everyone equally,” Williams said on the eve of this year’s Wimbledon, where she lost to Angelique Kerber in the final.A report by Deadspin said Williams had been checked five times in 2018 by June, more than other U.S. women and men in the sport.Williams returned to competition this season after missing more than a year as a result of pregnancy. She gave birth to a daughter last September.As part of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s “intelligent” out-of-competition testing program, it is not unusual for top athletes — those who have had sustained success in their sport — to be tested more often than others.Following her loss to Kerber, Williams said she had proven to herself that she could still compete to win Grand Slams. Her next Grand Slam title would tie her with Margaret Court for the most with 24. She already has the most major trophies in the professional era.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Serena Williams of the United States is dejected after losing a point to Germany’s Angelique Kerber during their women’s singles final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Saturday July 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Tim Ireland)Serena Williams has complained on social media that it’s “test Serena” time again as she once more hit out at the frequency with which she is selected for anti-doping tests.The 23-time Grand Slam champion took to Twitter on Tuesday night after she received another visit from a tester.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In a second message, the 36-year-old American added: “But I’m ready to do whatever it takes to have a clean sport so bring it on. I’m excited.”…and it’s that time of the day to get “randomly” drug tested and only test Serena. Out of all the players it’s been proven I’m the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so. At least I’ll be keeping the sport clean #StayPositive— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 25, 2018Williams has complained before at being drug-tested more than other American tennis players this year.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Williams tweeted: “And it’s that time of the day to get ‘randomly’ drug tested and only test Serena. Out of all the players it’s been proven I’m the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so. At least I’ll be keeping the sport clean.”…and it’s that time of the day to get “randomly” drug tested and only test Serena. Out of all the players it’s been proven I’m the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so. At least I’ll be keeping the sport clean #StayPositiveFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 25, 2018 Pascua counting on veterans to fill void left by Bernadeth Pons in FEU Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Reyes quits national team, will focus on 2023 World Cup buildup

first_imgGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt looks like coach Yeng Guiao will be handling Gilas Pilipinas for a longer time—perhaps even permanently.National coach Chot Reyes announced late Tuesday night that he was stepping down from his post as chief mentor of Gilas Pilipinas and will focus on building the team for the 2023 World Cup that the country is hosting.ADVERTISEMENT Reyes cited the PBA’s latest decision to provide the national team with a buffet of players as part of the reason why he decided to move on and focus on his different duties under the Manny V. Pangilinan group of companies.“Now that the PBA has opened its doors fully to the SBP and the national team, it is time for me to step aside and contribute in a different capacity, focusing on the 2023 program,” Reyes posted on his Twitter account (@coachot).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissReyes had two stints at the helm of Gilas Pilipinas. His first stint ran from 2012 to 2014 before returning and taking Tab Baldwin’s spot in 2016.Under Reyes, the Philippines won the silver medal in the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship and booked a ticket to the 2014 Fiba World Cup, a first in 40 years. But while Reyes had a lot of success with the Gilas program, his coaching tenure had been beset by several controversies too.Under him, the Philippines dropped to its lowest finish in the Asian Games when it placed seventh in Incheon in 2014, a stint remembered for Gilas Pilipinas shooting at Kazakhstan’s goal as it chased quotient.Reyes was also the head coach of the national team when it scuffled with Australia during their World Cup qualifying match on July 2 at Philippine Arena in Bulacan, a brawl that actually opened the window for Guiao on the Gilas bench.With Reyes fined heavily and suspended for that brawl, Guiao was tasked to handle Gilas Pilipinas for two Fiba qualifying windows.Guiao earned that shot after whipping a two-week-old squad reinforced by NBA standout Jordan Clarkson just five days before the tournament into a competitive team that finished fifth.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Guiao’s stock rose even higher when the PBA opened its players for him to form a team for the two upcoming windows. Gilas Pilipinas will go into those games with 10 of its standouts also suspended because of the brawl.Players who hadn’t shown up for a Gilas Pilipinas practice joined Guiao’s training sessions at Meralco gym, enhancing the NLEX mentor’s reputation as a unifier of basketball’s oft-divided stakeholders.“Together with all the players & coaches who have sacrificed and put their careers on the line for flag & country, we wish coach Yeng and the current team great success, as they continue the World Cup journey. Once Gilas, always Gilas,” Reyes wrote.Guiao and the national team flew to Tehran to face Iran on Thursday for a World Cup qualifying showdown.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Give Nietes due respect; no rematch, please Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View commentslast_img read more

NCAA: Also-rans San Sebastian, JRU triumph over respective foes

first_imgLATEST STORIES Eliminated San Sebastian scored a dominating win over Mapua, 86-64, in the battle of also-rans in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The Heavy Bombers outscored the Generals 27-17 in the fourth to take just their third win of the season against 14 losses.EAC, meanwhile, ended their season with a 4-14 record.Jed Mendoz had a game-high 26 points, with all eight of his field goals coming from long distance, while Darius Estrella and Leo Esguerra had 17 and 10 points, respectively.JP Maguliano had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Generals.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Golden Stags chalked up their fifth win against 12 losses and tied the Cardinals, who also have a 5-12 record, at the seventh spot of the standings.RK Ilagan lit up for San Sebastian with 26 points and six rebounds while Michael Calisaan added 16 points and five boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWarren Bonifacio led the Heavy Bombers with 14 points and 15 rebounds.In the other game, Jose Rizal University used a strong fourth quarter surge to cut down Emilio Aguinaldo College, 81-78.center_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mocon wary of complacency as San Beda enters crucial stretch View commentslast_img read more

Toni Basas’ status still uncertain ahead of UAAP Season 81

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Basas did average 11.7 points-per-game in Season 80 while playing a support role to captain Bernadeth Pons who averaged 15.4 a match.Middle blocker Celine Domingo added that Basas is still resting from the two medical operations she went through and that her teammate is still with FEU.“She’s just resting right now since she’s had an operation to cure her infected ear and she also suffered a shoulder injury but she’s still here in FEU,” said Domingo in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA: Calvin Abueva nails game-winning putback as Phoenix escapes Meralco “Chinchin is at 50-50 right now because our main concern is the injury on her right shoulder, she still needs to have a medical clearance before she’s allowed to play,” said Pascua in Filipino Wednesday at FEU.“We’re still hoping that she can come back. She didn’t report to us physically but we’ve been keeping tabs through chat.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBasas also underwent an operation to fix her infected ear during the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.The absence of Basas is a big blow to the Lady Tamaraws’ bid to get back to the championship round after they finished as the runners-up in Season 80. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University will enter the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament without one of its most reliable hitters in Toni Rose Basas.Lady Tamaraws head coach George Pascua said Basas’ situation is still uncertain with the outside hitter still nursing a right shoulder injury she suffered before the start of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

15 women across Guyana deliver New Year babies

first_imgChildren are often considered as blessings from God. That notion can be used to describe 15 babies that were welcomed by their mothers on New Year’s Day throughout the country.A mothers and her newborn at the New Amsterdam HospitalKeshanna Pollard, Shanice McPherson and Casindra Dorsett were three of four ecstatic mothers who had safe deliveries at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on January 1, 2020.The first baby boy was delivered via C-Section; he was followed by a girl, then another boy and another baby girl who were all delivered by natural births.Dorsett, to whom the first baby girl was born, named her daughter Thalia which according to her means “blessings from above”.Pollard proudly welcomed a son while McPherson also welcomed a daughter.Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence visited the mothers on Wednesday and expressed satisfaction that the babies and mothers are in perfect conditions. She applauded the hard-working midwives and doctors of the GPHC for their dedication.Representative Jermaine Figueira handing over hampers to mother, Deon Statia Richmond“I am very happy, I am proud that these mothers can come here and have safe deliveries feel secure and comfortable…I am very grateful for the fact that as the Minister of Public Health, I have a team here at the Georgetown Public Hospital who take their jobs seriously and you can see the improvement we have had from one year to the next,” the Minister said.This is followed by the medical team at the Suddie Public Hospital sharing the joy of two mothers who delivered their babies on New Year’s Day.Nineteen-year-old Angelica Smith of Bush Lot, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), delivered her second child, a bouncing baby boy at around 03:13h. Meanwhile, 39-year-old Samantha Peters of Dartmouth gave birth to a baby girl whom she was excited to have welcomed on such a significant day.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, GPHC’s medical team, the mothers and their New Year babiesThe Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) welcomed its first baby for 2020. The beautiful baby girl, Qahira Azaria Richmond, was born to Lindener Deon Statia Richmond at 03:30h on January 3.The child and her mother were among those awarded baby-friendly gifts from the charitable “Caring for Others Organisation”, which were handed over by Representative Jermaine Figueira on Friday.The items handed over included baby care products, clothing, toys and footwear among others. Figueira, in handing over the items to Richmond and others, extended congratulations, noting that the organisation was happy to make the contribution of the new and quality products.Richmond, who is also mother to two more girls expressed gratitude for the donation. Same was expressed by Maternity Ward Supervisor Charlene Sampson on behalf of the medical institution.Finally, the New Amsterdam hospital recorded eight New Year’s babies.The babies are double the amount born on New Year’s Day in 2018. The first was a bouncing baby boy who was delivered to Tarmattie Bainnuth of 59 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, at 02:35h.Nineteen-year-old Towanna Gravsandy of Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice, followed, as she delivered her first child; a 2.9kg girl at 06:40h. At 08:35h, 38-year-old Diana Gonzalez of Victory Street Cumberland, East Canje, delivered her fifth baby boy.Nurse Gaitrie Naggah, who is attached to the New Amsterdam Hospital also had the privilege of delivering her first child at 13:15h on the significant day.The three final mothers of the day were Somwattie Denat, Leeana Thomas of Manchester Village, Corentyne and Anita Kalian of Johns, Port Mourant, both of which delivered bouncing baby girls.Meanwhile, Medical Superintendent of the New Amsterdam Hospital, Dr Vasana Henry was on hand to deliver hampers to all the mothers.last_img read more